Wisconsin Senate passes revenge porn bill

Computer mouse file photo.
Computer mouse file photo.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw the posting online of explicit imagines of former boyfriends or girlfriends online as a way to embarrass them or cost them a job.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It now heads back to the Assembly, which previously passed a similar version.

The bill must pass the Assembly on Thursday, its final day in session, or it will be dead for the year.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate a nude picture without the subject’s consent, regardless of whether the subject granted permission to capture the image. The act would be punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

Several other states are considering similar legislation.

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